Ed Henry Grills Earnest: Does Obama ‘Have Regrets’ For Calling Bush 43 ‘Unpatriotic’? [VIDEO]

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AL WEAVER
Reporter

In the wake of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments that President Barack Obama does not love America, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was pressed if Obama “regrets” making comments in the same vein about former President George W. Bush.

During the Friday W.H. briefing, Fox News’ Ed Henry asked Earnest if Obama harbors regrets for calling Bush “unpatriotic” for adding over $4 trillion to the debt during his presidency during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Do you think the president has any regrets about saying President Bush was unpatriotic for adding $4 trillion to the debt?” Henry pressed Earnest.

“I don’t know sorrow is the word that I would use,” Earnest said.

“You said you feel sorry for Rudy Giuliani,” Henry responded, to which Earnest affirmed. ”But as a candidate, Sen. Obama said that President Bush was unpatriotic.”
“I have not seen the actual comments,” Earnest said, asking if Henry had them at his fingertips.

“He said that the president, and I’m paraphrasing this part, added about $4 trillion to the debt, and then he said ‘that’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic,” Henry told Earnest. “So I see a difference from Giuliani because he’s talking about an issue, but nonetheless, questioning the patriotism of the President of the United States.”

“I think what the president was doing was he was questioning the specific wisdom wisdom of that decision, and questioning whether or not that was in the best interest of the country,” Earnest said.

“He said it was unwise, he said that’s unpatriotic,” Henry shot back.

“But again, he’s talking about that, he was not talking about a person,” Earnest said.

“Again, there is a lot that the president had to say in the State of the Union about the level of our discourse,” Earnest said. “There is no doubt that we will have significant disagreements across the aisle. That is ultimately why democracy is all about, where we go in and debate issues.”

“But the president, as you recall, in the State of the Union said that we should have a debate that’s worthy of the United States Congress and worthy of the country,” Earnest continued. “That there are significant challenges facing this country, resorting to a politics in which we question each other’s basic decency is not consistent with the reason that a lot of people got into public service.”

Eric Holder Can’t Be Bothered To Say “Radical Islam,” But He’s Got Plenty Of Time To Criticize Fox News

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By Robert Gehl, February 17, 2015.
Saying terms like “radical Islam” and “Islamic extremism” is pointless, Attorney General Eric Holder said today, so why use those terms?

Breitbart.com is reporting that he said there is not a lot gained by saying “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism” in reference to terrorist attacks committed by Muslims.

The White House this week is hosting a summit on “violent extremism.” A summit where those two terms are banned.

“We spend more time talking about what do you call it as opposed to what do you do about it,” he said.

Then – because when you don’t call ISIS “radical Islam,” you have more time on your hands – he took the time to criticize Fox News because they think Islamic Extremists should be called Islamic Extremists.

“Really, if Fox didn’t talk about this they would have nothing else to talk about, it would seem to me,” he said.

Ultimately, Holder said he is “not sure an awful lot is gained” by saying the words “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism” in reference to Islamic terror attacks. The Attorney General said the “terminology has little or no impact on what ultimately we have to do” regarding military policy.

“I don’t worry an awful about what the appropriate terminology is,” he said. “Really, we’re having this conversation about words as opposed to what are actions ought to be?”

Shafi Khan, friend of slain Muslim students, blames Fox & Bobby Jindal for ‘dehumanizing Muslims’

“Speaking as an American Muslim, I can tell you that we can’t deny there’s a sentiment in the community that we feel that we were being targeted for our faith,” Mr. Khan, a North Carolina native who co-founded United Muslim Relief, told CNN. “There is certain sections of the media and political apparatus that are constantly dehumanizing Muslims. And I want to take a minute and ask people like Fox News and Bobby Jindal to stop the dehumanization of Muslims. It’s really, really starting to take a toll.

CAIR-Hamas Makes Demand of FOX: Fire Those Who Speak Ill of Islam

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Oh the nerve! Does “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” ring in your ears too? With this request, CAIR shines the spotlight on themselves as the ones who fear. Truth is always an enemy to those who are enemies to the truth.

Here’s a quick reminder of the president’s proclamation at the United Nations:

From our friend Pamela Gellar,
Sharia in America.

In the wake of jihad slaughter in the cause of sharia (criticism of Islam is punishable by death under Islamic law), the designated terror group, Hamas-CAIR (Council American Islamic Relations) is furthering the work of the devout Muslims who savagely murdered the editorial staff of the French weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

Hamas-linked terror org CAIR is demanding that FOX News drop those who speak the truth about the jihad threat.

Doing what leftist/marxists/fascists do, they label anyone that is an opposition to them. If you don’t believe that Islam is a religion of peace or you might speak out against something relative to Islam, like say, oh I don’t know, terrorism or workplace beheadings, instantly you are labeled an Islamophobe. And CAIR wants you silenced.

As Voltaire says, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” That answer would now be Islam.

As a reminder, the United Arab Emirates recently designated CAIR a terrorist organization and placed them on their watch list, while we regularly host them at the White House.

Louie Gohmert To Challenge Boehner For Speaker Of The House

louie gohmert announced on fox and friends his plans to challenge jon boehner for speaker of the house. Declaring “it’s time for a change,” Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) took to Fox & Friends Weekend, that hallowed megaphone of political ambitions, to declare his opposition to Representative John Boehner (R-OH) for Speaker of the House.

“A poll came out Friday saying 60% or more of the Republicans in the country that voted in the last election, including independents who voted Republican, they want a change,” Gohmert said. “They want a different speaker.”

Gohmert promised more conservative policies that would be less pliant to the administration, and vowed to depart from Boehner’s tyrannical ways.

“We’ll get back to appropriating and go through regular committee process, so everybody, every representative from both parties will have a chance to participate in the process and not have a dictator running things,” he said.

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:
rep louie gohmert plans to run for speaker of the house against fellow republican jon boehner. louie gohmert expresses frustration with boehner over immigration obamacare and more blah blah blah

FORBES: OBAMA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WAS INVOLVED IN IRS TARGETING

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Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn’t over, and it may be worse than anyone thought. A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn’t pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.

It has to be embarrassing to the DOJ, which may not be the most impartial one to be investigating the IRS. In fact, the DOJ withheld over 800 pages of Lerner documents citing “taxpayer privacy” and “deliberative privilege.” Yet these internal DOJ documents show Ms. Lerner was talking to DOJ officials about prosecuting tax-exempt entities (yes, criminally!) two years before the IRS conceded there was inappropriate targeting.

Ms. Lerner met with top officials from the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch in October of 2010. Although Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the DOJ (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice, No. 14-cv-01239), the DOJ coughed up dirt only on court order. Even then, the DOJ handed over only two pages of heavily redacted emails.

What’s more, the DOJ withheld 832 pages in their entirety. They revealed that Mr. Obama’s DOJ called an October 8, 2010 meeting with the IRS “concerning 501(c)(4) issues.” On September 30, 2010, the DOJ’s Election Crimes prosecutor emailed Ms. Lerner:

“Hi Lois-It’s been a long time, and you might not remember me, I’ve taken on [REDACTED] duties. I’m looking forward to meeting you, Can we chat in advance? I’m a [REDACTED]”

Ms. Lerner responded on October 2, 2010:

“Sure-that’s a good Idea [sic]. I have a meeting out of the office Monday morning, but will try you when I get back sometime early afternoon. You can try me at 202-283-8848.”

Documents from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS show that Ms. Lerner asked the DOJ whether tax-exempt entities could be criminally prosecuted. This May 8, 2013 email by Ms. Lerner went to Nikole C. Flax, Chief of Staff to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, who would later be fired by President Obama:

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s–saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…”

DOJ’s Mr. Pilger admitted that DOJ officials met Ms. Lerner in October 2010. Moreover, according to congressional investigators, a Lerner email from October 5, 2010 shows the IRS sent the FBI and DOJ a “1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations” that contained confidential taxpayer information.

In her May 2013 answer to a planted question about the alleged targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups, Ms. Lerner suggested that the alleged targeting occurred due to an “uptick” in 501 (c)(4) applications to the IRS. In reality, there was a decrease, and as for targeting (what targeting?), well, you know the rest.

Remember those rogue IRS employees in Cincinnati? They were confused. And while all Americans should be concerned, Judicial Watch sounds fit to be tied.

“No wonder the Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done no serious investigation of the Obama IRS scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These new documents dramatically show how the Justice Department is up to its neck in the IRS scandal and can’t be trusted to investigate crimes associated with the IRS abuses that targeted Obama’s critics,” he said. “Richard Nixon was impeached for less.”

Perhaps the latter is an overstatement. Yet it is getting harder and harder to simply accept President Obama’s ‘no smidgen of corruption’ remark made to Fox News in February, no matter how sincere and forthright his delivery.